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Release: Feb. 5, 2002

Lutgendorf wins Early Career award from American Psychosomatic Society

Susan Lutgendorf, an associate professor of psychology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has won the American Psychosomatic Society's 2002 Early Career Award for Contributions to Psychosomatic Medicine. She will receive the award, which carries a $1,000 prize, March 16 at the society’s meeting in Barcelona, Spain, where she will present a summary of the research for which she is being recognized.

Lutgendorf’s research focuses on how psychological factors like stress affect the body’s immune system and adjustment to chronic illness. Her work has centered on cancer and aging and has extended to women with urologic disease. Lutgendorf also studies the impact of techniques such as relaxation therapy that are designed to relieve stress. In addition to her own research, which is currently supported by nearly $750,000 in grants from National Institutes of Health, Lutgendorf also collaborates on a number of studies with researchers from other institutions.

Lutgendorf has published dozens of articles in scholarly journals and currently serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Psychiatry, the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, and the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

The American Psychosomatic Society seeks to promote and advance the scientific understanding of the interrelationships among biological, psychological, social and behavioral factors in human health and disease, and the integration of the fields of science that separately examine each, and to foster the application of this understanding in education and improved health care.